Thursday Feb eleventh, 2021
BALTIMORE, MD (Thursday, February 11, 2021) — Immediately, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Metropolis Solicitor Jim Shea will testify earlier than the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in assist of laws that might restore native management of the Baltimore Police Division, presently a state company. The Mayor has been among the many advocates and neighborhood leaders who’ve lobbied for this alteration for almost a decade in Annapolis.
SB0786/HB1027, sponsored by Senator Cory McCray (D45-Baltimore Metropolis) and Delegate Melissa Wells (D40-Baltimore Metropolis) on the request of the Mayor, would set up BPD as an company and instrumentality of the Metropolis of Baltimore, as a substitute of the State. The laws would additionally set up a community-driven advisory board, which might information the transition from state to native management. As soon as handed, the measure will seem on the poll as a Constitution Modification for last approval by the voters.
“Baltimore Metropolis is the one jurisdiction in Maryland that doesn’t straight oversee its police division,” stated Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “The power to set insurance policies and supply oversight regionally will allow us to really rework the BPD and fulfill consent decree necessities. With rising requires police accountability, now greater than ever, Baltimore Metropolis should regain the authority to supervise its police division.”
“We’re inspired by the Mayor’s dedication to bringing this query of native management to the poll in 2022 and guaranteeing extra neighborhood participation within the Advisory Board. Native management of BPD is about racial justice, police accountability, consultant democracy and self-determination for the folks of Baltimore. Implementing native management and guaranteeing sturdy neighborhood participation is crucial for constructing bridges of belief between this administration, Baltimore’s Black communities and Baltimore Metropolis residents as an entire,” stated Rob Ferrell of Organizing Black and member of the Marketing campaign for Justice, Security and Jobs coalition.
State management dates again over 100 years to 1860, when the Maryland State Legislature declared the Baltimore Police Division a state company. Transferring management of the BPD to Baltimore Metropolis would allow Metropolis residents and native elected officers to set insurance policies and supply oversight, slightly than having to advocate for reform by way of state representatives. This alteration would align Baltimore Metropolis with comparable jurisdictions within the state.
“I thank the sponsors for his or her assist and sit up for working intently with the coalition of advocates to enhance the invoice with amendments that replicate a shorter implementation timeline and elevated neighborhood collaboration,” continued Mayor Scott.